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man-3107306_1920-218x300After pleading guilty last month to not having workers compensation coverage for his employees, an Ohio man has been ordered to pay almost $57,000 in restitution and serve three years of probation.

Eric L. Hughes, age 53, is a contractor based in Holland, a suburb of Toledo in north-west Ohio. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Hughes has been operating in the Toledo area since 1993 under the business names “Eric L Hughes Sr” and “Idp Maintenance.” The BBB estimates Hughes’ companies generate about $70,000 per year in revenue.
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adult-alcoholic-arms-174936-300x225Freddy Mieryteran faces several charges for his alleged involvement in the fatal DUI car crash that caused the death of Annie Becerra of Southwest Miami-Dade.

Mieryteran, 21, is awaiting trial for DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and several other felonies. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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accident-action-adult-280076-300x157An explosion was reported at a shopping mall in Plantation, Florida, injuring over 20 people.

According to authorities, the Florida shopping mall explosion occurred at around 11:30 a.m. July 6 in a vacant Pizzafire restaurant at 1041 S. University Drive, in the north end of the Market on University plaza.

The restaurant, which is part of a chain with locations in New Jersey and Ohio, was reportedly closed down in December.

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pills-3673645_1920-300x180In January 2016, police officers searched Ovide Ned’s car during a traffic stop in Houston, Texas. After they found a bottle of opioid painkillers, police charged Ned, then aged 40, with drug possession. Ned had $955 on his person at the time. Officers seized this money as well.

Once Ned was able to prove he had a valid prescription for the medication, the criminal charges against him were dropped. The money, however, was never returned.

Angela Beavers, the chief civil asset forfeiture prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said that despite the prescription, Ned was “obviously selling the pills.” She explained that drug dealers would often obtain prescriptions for the meds they were selling from pain clinics.
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coins-948603_1920-300x200A Georgia man arrested earlier this year on charges of workers compensation insurance fraud now faces six additional counts of insurance fraud and violating state insurance reporting laws.

In January, Bob Coleman, age 69, a county commissioner for Glynn County, Georgia, was arrested together with his wife Sherry, age 59, after a yearlong investigation into their business practices. The couple together ran Coleman Insurance, and Bob Coleman was a respected member of the community. He was elected to the Glynn County Commission three times, and the couple has lived in the area for their whole lives.
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